Mom Review: Sridevi is the soul of this revenge thriller

Posted July 07, 2017

Sridevi's Mom released today. She is given the maximum screen-time in the film, understandably, and is great to watch her on film after 2012's English Vinglish.

For example, Sridevi being a biology teacher, her husband being a navie and angry businessman, their teenage daughter Arya unable to accept Sridevi as her mother and the little girl Pihu who is too young to understand what happened to her sister.

Umair Sandhu, the Editor of Indian Cinema Magazine UK & UAE, Member of UK Censor Board, has posted the review of MOM on his twitter. Critics gave a rating of 3.5 out of 5 to Mom. The film connects with the viewer emotionally, which is where Ravi Udyawar scores as a director.

He tweeted, "First Review #MOM from UAE!" In the 300th film of her career span of 50 years, she makes her presence felt in a melodramatic revenge drama that pits her as Devaki, the vengeance-seeking step-mom seeking blood for the vicious trauma handed down to her step-daughter Arya (Sajal Ali), by four rapists.

Sridevi is frantic when Arya does not come back home and the police assure her that they will try and find the missing daughter. One also wishes to see more of the charming Pakistani actors Adnan Siddiqui. In the opening scene, Arya is sent a lewd message by a classmate.

Mathew Francis (Akshaye Khanna), a tough cop, makes an entry to solve the mystery but fails to prove Abhimanyu and his gang guilty.

The first half of the movie is the set up for the revenge in the second half.

The story revolves around a biology teacher Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) and her attractive family. While Sridevi stays true to her character most of the time and is unbelievably good as the mother thirsty for revenge, there are scenes where she hams her way into your brain. "But this is not to take away from her otherwise adept performance". Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali and Pitobash Tripathy were too good in their respective roles. This film has a powerful teamwork by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sridevi, and other cast. Giving credit to director Ravi Udyawar for the way he harnesses the principal elements of the plot, it says that there are an emotional truth and sincerity to the film which makes it a must watch.

Akshaye believes there are certain films in every actor's life that have a lasting effect.

A dialogue delivered by Sridevi in the movie Mom, "Ghalat aur bahut ghalat mein se chunna ho, toh aap kya chunenge (What if you had to choose between bad and awful?)" might make the audiences understandably uncomfortable but the climax of the movie does justice to the storyline. The case goes to the court, but when the law fails. They remember you for only one reason - the impact. Sridevi has an impactful role which is sure to leave a mark in our society. He has one major sequence in the parking lot with Sridevi where he proves he is no spring chicken. "And you shake yourself and wait for the track of righteous comeuppance to kick in, and hope those guys rot in hell".